(From Wikipedia) “Around 1932 Deronda “Chum” Crandall and his wife Eva began operating a gas station and a grocery store at a major highway intersection a few miles south of Traverse City. Over the years the intersection became known as “Chum’s Corners”. Chum sold the business and retired in 1953, and died in Traverse City in early 1959. The community is located in northern Blair Township at the intersection of U.S. Route 31 and M-37, 7 miles (11 km) south of Traverse City, the Grand Traverse County seat, and 23 miles (37 km) east of Beulah via US-31. M-37 leads south 12 miles (19 km) to Buckley. The CDP extends west to include the eastern shore of Silver Lake within Blair Township. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 2.7 square miles (6.9 km2), all of it land. ”
The area is the southernmost retail area in, or around, Traverse City. Hosting a number of retail and service business’s, it depends heavily on the traffic flow on US 31 heading to and from towns North of the area. The home of Menards Lumber & Home Improvement and Wuerful Park (the area’s only minor league baseball stadium) this area also boasts several development parcels that can accommodate larger scale projects wishing to tap the traffic and growth potential of this remarkable location. 16,000 car trips a day pass through the Chums Corner intersection.